Fat VS Muscle, who weighs more?? 

Over and over again I hear the famous line “muscle weighs more than fat”. This is not entirely true. A pound is a pound. If I gave you 1 pound of popcorn and 1 pound of grapes, put both on the scale and guess what, they will weigh 1 pound each but you will have a lot more popcorn than grapes.

Here’s where we get confused… Muscle is more dense than fat which means muscle takes up less space than fat. 

Have you ever lost inches yet stayed the same weight on the scale? Maybe even went up a pound or two? This is why. Let’s say you lost 5 pounds of fat BUT you gained 5 pounds of muscle, the scale is going to stay the same weight however, you’re going to be slimmer and your clothes are going to be looser. The 5 pounds of fat and 5 pounds of muscle weigh the same exact weight, one just takes up less room than the other.  

So folks, 2 great lessons are to be learned from this post… 1.) stop saying fat weighs more than muscle 2.) stop trusting the scale and start trusting your clothes and the tape measure! 


10 thoughts on “Fat VS Muscle, who weighs more?? 

  1. Thank you so much for explaining this. As a coach, it is oh-so frustrating when I hear people who are gaining weight saying it “must be” muscle. I always respectfully find a way to say no, you’re probably just eating too much and continuing to gain fat! I feel that the scale should be a tool (a secondary tool, but a tool nevertheless), right along with a too-tight pair of pants and a tape measure.

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    1. No problem! I’m glad you enjoyed the article 🙂 I completely agree with you, people tend to use the false statement as an excuse for why they are gaining weight and it’s never true. (Unless of course you’re thin and trying to gain muscle! Lol). I’m a lover for the scale, the scale never lies but the scale doesn’t tell you how much of your weight is muscle and how much is fat. If your clothes are tight and the scale went up, it’s clearly fat gain, and if your clothes are getting loose but the scale hasn’t budged, then it’s muscle gain AND fat loss.

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      1. Yep, explained why I gained a little when I was exercising. That gain stressed me out.
        Even a small gain upsets someone trying so hard to lose, but you explained why that might happen.
        You also showed how muscles actually takes up less room, therefore the body gets more beautiful as the exercise is continued.
        After I experienced that small gain, it was like a failure,now I know that to be expected 😊


      2. Yes, never get discouraged! If your nutrition is on point and you are working out every day like you’re suppose to and the scale goes up about 2 pounds then it most likely is muscle. Pay attention to your measurements, they will be most accurate!

        If you are doing resistance training, you will definitely be by idling muscle so as you lose weight you’ll have a nice toned body! Thank you for your comments, I really appreciate it! 🙂 if you ever have questions or get discouraged and need support, please feel free to contact me!

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